On This Day

Musicians Who Died on June 25

  • 1522 Franchinus Gaffurius, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1743 Václav Matyáš Gurecký, Bohemian composer dies at 37
  • 1767 Georg Philipp Telemann, German late baroque composer, dies at 86
  • 1785 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, dies at 63
  • 1822 Ernst T. Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer, judge and composer, dies at 46
  • 1876 John Patton, American trumpeter, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn at 24 or 25
  • 1884 Hans Rott, Austrian composer, dies at 25
  • 1944 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1976 Johnny Mercer, American songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1977 Endre Szervanszky, Hungarian composer, dies at 65
  • 1977 Petko Staynov, Bulgarian composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • 1983 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • 1985 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1987 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • 1988 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • 1990 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • 1993 Miroslav Klega, Czech composer (Pantomime Suite), dies at 67
  • 1996 Nicholas John, English National Opera's dramaturge, dies at 43
  • 1997 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 85
  • 1998 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist,, assassinated by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at 42
  • 2006 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2007 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), dies at 86
  • 2007 Hank Medress, American doo-wop vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), dies of lung cancer at 78

Person of interestMichael Jackson

2009 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 2009 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), dies from heart and renal failure at 71
  • 2011 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer and arranger
  • 2018 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel), dies at 81
  • 2020 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), dies at 93